RECOGNITION OF THE FOREIGN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC (NOSTRIFICATION)
Recognition involves acknowledging the foreign university education and qualification as equal to the university education received in the Czech Republic. The recognition process is based on comparing the content and extent of the received foreign education and study programmes with accredited study programmes similar in content completed at the given public university.
STANDARD PROCEDURE WHEN APPLYING FOR THE RECOGNITION AT THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS IN ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE (ITB)
- Verification of the study programme
Before submitting the application, applicants must inspect Annex No.1 or ask via firstname.lastname@example.org, to check whether ITB is entitled to process the application, i.e., it offers an accredited study programme similar in content. See Annex No. 1 Accredited study programmes of ITB (file PDF, 109 kB) .
- Filling in applications and providing annexes
Applicants for the recognition must submit a duly filled in and signed Application for the recognition of the university education and qualification. See Annex No. 2 Application (file PDF, 195 kB) .
The written application must be accompanied by the following annexes:
- Original or authenticated copy of the foreign university qualification, i.e., a diploma or a similar official document on completed studies
- Original or authenticated copy of diploma supplement including the content and extent of the received education, statement on the completed subjects (‘Diploma Supplement’, Diploma Annex’, ‘Transcript of Academic Records’ etc.)
- Original or authenticated copy of the power of attorney in writing if an authorised person acts on behalf of the applicant. See document Power of Attorney (file PDF, 75 kB)
- Authenticated copy of the document on the change of the name and surname (e.g. certificate of marriage), if the foreign diploma or diploma supplement contains a different name or surname of the applicant.
AUTHENTICATION OF SIGNATURES AND SEALS
Pursuant to Provision § 90 s. 3 Act No. 111/1998 Sb., The Higher Education Act, ITB requires the authentication of signed and sealed diploma originals.
The way of the authentication of signed and sealed diploma originals is in competence of the country where the applicant completed his/her foreign education, i.e., the country where the diploma was issued. See Annex No. 3 Authentication of signatures (file PDF, 192 kB)
*Requirements for authenticating submitted documents according to different countries:
A – Apostille (apostille) is a clause attached to official document that authenticates their signature and seal to be applicable abroad. The clause substitutes super legalization in cases stipulated in international conventions, including the Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Foreign Documents from 5th October 1961. In such a case, the document is not subject to authentication by the Czech embassy, but the country where the document was issued, i.e., the apostille body.
B – Authentication of the university diploma is not required; an agreement to provide legal services is available.
L – authentication of the university diploma pursuant to § 90 s. 3 the Higher Education Act – super legalization (i.e., authentication by a foreign office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the foreign country and the Czech embassy in the country of the residence of the university issuing the diploma).
AUTHENTICATED TRANSLATION OF THE DOCUMENTS
Unless issued in Czech or English, the original documents must be officially translated by a certified interpreter, an authorised person registered among certified experts and interpreters. The translation shall include the original or an authenticated copy of the translated document.
The list of certified interpreters and notaries is available on https://seznat.justice.cz/?OpenForm
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES
Pursuant to § 90a the Higher Education Act, applicants are liable to an administrative fee for the Application of the Recognition of the Foreign University Education and Qualification in the amount of 3,000 CZK to the bank account number 2111190117/2700.
EXEMPTION FROM THE ADMINISTRATION FEE FOR SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS – HOLDERS OF TEMPORARY PROTECTION
Pursuant to Act § 9 No. 67/2022 Sb., the Act on Adopting Educational Measures due to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Act § 3 No. 65/2022 Sb., and the Act on Adopting Measures related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine holders of the sufferance or temporary protection visa are exempt from the legal fee related to submitting documents on recognizing foreign university education and qualification.
The applicant is exempt from the recognition fee upon submitting the document on the temporary protection visa with the following codes: D/VS/U, D/DO/667, D/DO/668, D/DO/669, or the sufferance visa with the code D/VS/91. (Here, we recommend submitting a simple copy with the applicant’s handwritten signature with the date of the issue).
The exemption from the fee will be granted to applications submitted through 31st March 2024.
SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION
Applications in writing shall be submitted to:
Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice
Deparment of Foreing Relations
Okružní 517/10, 370 01 České Budějovice
The decision upon the recognition/non-recognition of the foreign university education and qualification shall be sent as a registered letter to the applicant’s delivery address provided in the application form, or the applicant can personally collect the letter upon the prior agreement at the filing office of ITB.
THE LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE RECOGNITION OF THE FOREIGN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION
- Act No. 111/1998 Sb., The Higher Education Act as amended
- Act No. 500/2004 Sb., The Rules of Administrative Procedure as amended
- International conventions governing the recognition of the equality of documents and education legally binding on the Czech Republic
- International conventions governing the authentication of public documents legally binding on the Czech Republic